This course examines the principles, processes and mechanisms by which humans and other species acquire information about the world and translate that information into action. You are introduced to the major theories of learning, empirical research that supports for these theories, and applications of learning theory to behaviour change and maintenance. You will learn to conduct research with humans and animals based on established learning principles.
|Learning materials – 1 hour online asynchronous learning materials||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop in computer lab||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Seminar – Refer to CANVAS for details||1hr||Week 1||2 times|
300 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Understand and apply core and advanced research paradigms in human associative learning||Knowledgeable|
|2||Critically evaluate research and research data in specific populations||Creative and critical thinker|
|3||Select and apply scientific knowledge to everyday human associative learning issues||Empowered|
|4||Present information in a clear and concise manner in appropriate style||Empowered|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
(PSY200 and PSY201) or (PSY200 and SCI110 and enrolled in AE304 or SE303)
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Assistance will be provided in tutorials to prepare you for the first tutorial piece. Informal feedback will be provided in tutorials.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 5||Online Submission|
|Week 13||Online Submission|
|Week 11||Online Submission|
|All||3||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||40%||
|Exam Period||Exam Venue|
|All - Assessment Task 1a:Workbook Part 1a|
The purpose of this workbook is to increase your understanding of the dominant research paradigms in learning research. You are required to write up two of the experiments conducted in laboratory class time based on the Sniffy program and other experiments. You write up one experiment for Part 1 of the Workbook and a different experiment for Part 2 of the Workbook (Task 2).Group data will be collected and presented in class and a set of questions will be provided for each workbook.
Written piece submitted online.
|All - Assessment Task 1b:Workbook Part 1b|
The purpose of this workbook is to increase your understanding of the dominant research paradigms in learning research. You are required to write up two of the experiments conducted in laboratory class time based on the Sniffy program and other experiments. You write up one experiment for Part 1 of the Workbook (Task 1) and a different experiment for Part 2 of the Workbook.Group data will be collected and presented in class and a set of questions will be provided for each workbook.
Written piece submitted online.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Behaviour Change Report|
The aim of this laboratory report is to increase your understanding of the behaviour modification process. You will prepare a laboratory report outlining the results of a behaviour modification program. You will be required to select a behaviour you wish to modify, collect data outlining the operant (baseline) level of the behaviour, design and implement an intervention strategy, monitor changes in the behaviour post-intervention, and critically evaluate their intervention
APA style laboratory report.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Examination covering the entire course|
The purpose of this exam is to assess your knowledge of the course content.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Paul Chance||2013||Learning and Behavior||7th||Cengage Learning|
|Recommended||Apple store||0||Sniffy the Virtual Rat||n/a||n/a|
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